Scobie John/Buddhist Food for Thought 112914 SGI-UK/Japan

A translation of President Ikeda’s “To My Friends” 
published in the Seikyo Shimbun and more.

Saturday Nov 29th, 2014
— TO MY FRIENDS —
To all of our fellow members in the Chugoku Region,
who are brimming with the courage of lion kings,
now is the time to open up a way to the future 
by taking actions
with a proud pioneering spirit.
Let’s develop a great solidarity for peace!

*The Chugoku Region of Japan includes Hiroshima, Okayama, Yamaguchi, Tottori and Shimane prefectures.

Saturday Nov 29th, 2014
— DAILY GOSHO —
“Each of you should summon up the courage of a lion king and never succumb to threats from anyone. The lion king fears no other beast, nor do its cubs. Slanderers are like barking foxes, but Nichiren’s followers are like roaring lions.”

(On Persecutions Befalling the Sage – The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol 1, Page 997) Selection source: SGI President Ikeda’s guidance, Seikyo Shimbun, November 29th, 2014

Sunday Nov 30th, 2014
—— DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT ——

“‘If one’s heavy karma from the past is not expiated within this lifetime, one must undergo the sufferings of hell in the future, but if one experiences extreme hardship in this life [because of the Lotus Sutra], the sufferings of hell will vanish instantly.’

– From “Lessening One’s Karmic Retribution” (WND-1, 199).

“As practitioners of the supreme teaching of the Mystic Law, we will never be defeated by suffering. We can definitely overcome it. Our lives will never end in misery.

“The Buddhist principle of ‘lessening karmic retribution’ is a teaching of hope that elucidates the quintessential power inherent in life that enables us to withstand all hardships.

“When the sun rises, darkness disappears. Similarly, when we persevere with strong faith in the Mystic Law, the time will definitely come when all our sufferings ‘vanish instantly,’ as the Daishonin says. The problems that cause us the greatest suffering represent a brilliant opportunity for achieving dynamic development in terms of expanding our life condition.”  
 
SGI Newsletter No. 9126, Living the Gosho: Words of Encouragement from SGI President Ikeda (2), (37) Bringing Forth the Power to Withstand All Hardships, from 26th Nov., 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, translation released 28th Nov., 2014

* The Japanese kanji is available by clicking on Seikyo Shinbun’s
web-site address at http://www.seikyoonline.jp/news/index.html

–WAGATOMO NI OKURU–
“SHISHI NO KOKORO” MOERU
CHUGOKU HOMEN NO DOSHI YO
IMAKOSO MIRAI O HIRAKU
HOMARE NO KAITAKU TOSO O!
HEIWA NO DAIRENTAI O KIZUKE!

— KYO NO GOSHO —
“ONO-ONO SHISHIO NO KOKORO O TORI IDASHITE IKANI HITO ODOSUTOMO OZURU KOTO NAKARE SHISHIO WA HYAKUJU NI OJIZU SHISHI NO KO MATA KAKUNO GOTOSHI KARERA WA YAKAN NO HOURU NARI NICHIREN GA ICHIMON WA SHISHI NO HOURU NARI”
(Gosho Zenshu, page 1190)
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